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October 2019

Jones and Gardner Golf Courses to close for season

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Jones Golf Course, 2901 Fruitland Blvd.SW, and Gardner Golf Course, 5101 Golf Course Rd. Marion, will close for the season at the end of the day on Sunday, November 3. The closings will allow golf course superintendents to prepare the courses for winter. Ellis Golf Course, 1401 Zika Ave. NW, and Twin Pines Golf Course, 3800 42nd St. NE, will remain open for play as weather conditions permit. Watch for snow, frost and freeze delays over the final weeks of the golf season. Call the Golf Administrative Office with any questions at 286-5588.


Hey Mainstream Media, I don't believe you!

ABC News, I don't believe you.
CBS News, I don't believe you.
NBC News, I don't believe you.
CNN, I don't believe you.
MSNBC, I DEFINITELY don't believe you.
FOX, even you at times, are suspect & it's becoming more frequent.
NY Times, you are laughable.
Washington Post, I stopped believing you a long time ago.

There are more to list, but none of the above is about reporting the truth, about being dedicated to simply reporting the REAL news. They are about ratings, about MANUFACTURING stories and doing so with an obvious bias/intolerance for any political idealism they do NOT agree with.

That's not journalism folks.

#mainstreammedialies


Re-Imagine Your Ride: Take part in Transit Study Open House

The logo for the Iowa City Area Transit Study.

Whether you are an everyday transit rider, an occasional rider, or have never been on a bus, the City wants your feedback on our transit system.

The City of Iowa City, along with the City of Coralville, and the University of Iowa, will be hosting public Open House events for the community to learn more about the Iowa City Area Transit Study, and provide input on the transit system. 

The transit study will examine new possibilities for different routes, stops, hours or operation (including Sunday service), analysis of a zero-fare system, and more. 

The Iowa City Transit Study Open House will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in the Iowa City Public Library's Meeting Room A.

There will be two other opportunities to attend a open house on the study: 

  • Coralville open house - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, Coralville Public Library
  • University of Iowa open house - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., IMU Old Capitol Room 347

Those interested can also "Design Your Own Transit System" by taking a short online survey, where you can weigh in on what aspects of the transit system are most important to you. The survey will remain open though Thanksgiving weekend.  

The City recently adopted a Climate Action Plan which calls for a shift of 55% of vehicular trips to more sustainable methods of transportation such as biking, walking, or transit in order to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction goals by 2050.

In order to reach these goals, the transit system will need to meet the needs of a greater number of residents and visitors.

In response, the City Council authorized an agreement with transportation planning firm Nelson-Nygaard Consulting Associates for a Comprehensive Operations Analysis (aka Transit Study) of Iowa City’s transit system in partnership with The City of Coralville and the University of Iowa.

For more information about the study, visit the City's website


Public Works Snow Response

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Public Works Department is responding to winter weather conditions. Crews were out Wednesday throughout the day pre-treating roads with brine, prioritizing areas such as bridges, hills, and intersections. Brine is used before the snow or ice falls, and helps coat the roads and makes them less susceptible to sticking snow.

Plow operations began at approximately 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night and continue today; operations include spreading a salt/sand mixture and plowing. Routes are prioritized based on traffic volumes. To view a map of priority snow routes, visit the City’s website: https://bit.ly/324pct6.

Motorists are urged to use caution and exercise winter driving tips:  

  • Do not follow plows too closely
  • Reduce your speeds
  • Use caution in turns
  • Avoid sudden moves
  • Accelerate and brake carefully and slowly
  • Leave more room between vehicles

Project SAFE CRCA to Host “Project SAFE Community Conversation” a Town Hall style of meeting at CRCSD Educational Leadership and Support Center (ELSC)

Event to focus on local mental health services, suicide awareness and education/prevention

SWISHER, Iowa – Every year, 1 million adults report making a suicide attempt, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Worldwide, 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, according to the World Health Organization.

A town hall style community conversation will be held in Cedar Rapids on Monday, November 18, 2019, from 6:30-8:00PM Panel discussion and the resource table to open at 5:00pm, in the Cedar Rapids District Office 2500 Edgewood Rd NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405. A panel of local experts will be on hand to answer specific questions and concerns from the audience. Guest speaker will be Matt VandeBerg, former University of Iowa football wide receiver. The panelist consist of local experts Dr. Allyson Wheaton, Jan MacCormick, Brandon Farr, Ricky Bartlett, Stephanie Neff and a CRCSD High School student and an individual from the LGBTQ group will round out the panel. In addition, a local resource vendor trade show will feature ten to fifteen local agencies and resources on site to provide additional information on mental health, suicide awareness and prevention.

The event is sponsored by a newly formed organization, Project SAFE of the Cedar River Corridor Area, which serves to provide suicide awareness and education to the Corridor area. Mike Farr, Founder of Project SAFE formed the organization in memory of his son, Garrett R. Farr, who lost his battle to depression last year. Farr states, Project SAFE’s mission is, “Together we are saving lives, ONE LIFE at a TIME!” “This event is to help others become aware of all of the resources available in the Cedar Rapids Area. I personally was not aware of all of the resources available. I hope that we can help others, so that they will not have to experience the great loss that my family has experienced!”

The Community Town Hall is open to everyone, and all are welcome. No preregistration is required. The event provides a safe environment where students and parents can gain a deeper understanding of the causes, warning signs and coping strategies regarding teen depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation. For more information, visit Project SAFE CRCA on Facebook.


Shooting Incident at 3132 1st Avenue NE Update

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids police officers responded to the report of shots fired at the Kum & Go, 3132 1st Avenue NE, at 7:52 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30.  When officers arrived on scene, a male victim in his 20’s was located.  The victim had sustained a serious gunshot wound. 

Officers administered emergency medical care on scene.  Firefighters and ambulance personnel arrived shortly thereafter and the victim was transported to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital.  The victim has been identified as Reginald L. Ward, Jr., DOB/04-03-1992, age 27, of Moline, Illinois. 

The Linn County Medical Examiner’s Office notified the Police Department that the victim died at 4:40 a.m. this morning (Thursday, October 31).  The body will be transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny for an autopsy.

Based on the preliminary investigation, a silver, possibly 4-door, vehicle was seen leaving the scene westbound on 1st Avenue. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip.  You can continue to trade information with an investigator.  Text STOP to opt out at any time. 

There is an active, ongoing investigation into this homicide.  Investigators believe this was a targeted incident.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


City Circle Theatre Company Announces Auditions for Evita

City Circle Theatre Company of Coralville will hold auditions for Evita on Friday, November 15, 7:00–10:00 pm and Saturday, November 16, 4:30–7:30 pm at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville. Callbacks will be held Sunday, November 17, 3:00–6:00 pm in Schwab Auditorium in the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St. in Coralville.

This production directed by Chris Okiishi with music direction by Jessica Palmer will feature all of the music and dialogue from the show in a concert presentation with full orchestra on stage. To highlight the many facets of Eva Peron, we will be casting several actresses to play Evita over the course of her life. Casting will be done “opera style” focusing on the match of the voice to the song and strength of acting choices over physical type, age, and ethnicity.

Women interested in auditioning for Eva should prepare a one-minute cutting of a song from the show. We may ask to hear more from the same song. Men should come with a one-minute cutting of any song from any Andrew Lloyd Webber show including Evita. There are many ensemble parts in the show including featured dancers. If you are interested in a dance-only part, please so indicate on the audition form. Otherwise, those interested in ensemble may choose any song from any Andrew Lloyd Webber show or from any musical theatre show written after 1970.

Please bring sheet music of your song in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.

To schedule an audition, complete and submit the audition form at www.citycircle.org. Once you submit the form, the producer will contact you with your appointment time. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority.

 

Evita will be performed February 14–16 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.


Use Extra Hour to Check Smoke Alarms this Weekend

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging citizens to use the “extra” hour this weekend when Daylight Savings Time ends and clocks are turned back one hour to check the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00 a.m. – citizens should turn their clocks back one hour.

The time spent to ensure that working smoke alarms are installed on every level of the home, as well as inside and outside of sleeping areas, could save your family’s life.  Most fatal fires occur at night between midnight and 5:00 a.m. when people are asleep.  A working smoke alarm provides early warning and provides a family with needed extra seconds to get out of a burning home safely.  Smoke alarm batteries should be replaced at least once a year, or when a chirping sound indicating a low battery is indicated. 

Citizens should also check to ensure that their carbon monoxide alarm is working properly.  Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that is the result of incomplete

combustion of carbon-containing materials.  Common sources of carbon monoxide include open flames, faulty gas stoves, blocked chimneys, space heaters, or a car or generator left running in the garage.  Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer” because the gas is virtually undetectable without detection technology like a carbon monoxide alarm.  Elevated levels of carbon monoxide can be lethal depending upon the amount of gas present and the length of exposure. 

Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed near or in each separate sleeping area.  At a minimum, residents should have a carbon monoxide alarm on each level of the home.  For added protection, an additional carbon monoxide alarm should be placed at least 15-20 feet away from the furnace or fuel burning heat sources.  Alarms should be installed at least 10 feet from sources of humidity like bathrooms and showers.  If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors, call 911 and remain outside to await the arrival of emergency personnel. 

For more information about fire safety topics, visit our Web site at www.cedar-rapids.org/fire or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cedarrapidsfiredepartment.

Did you know?

Through October 29, 2019, there have been 109 residential fires in Cedar Rapids.  A working smoke alarm that alerted occupants was verified in 47.7 percent of the fires.  This is an improvement over recent years where smoke alarms present and working has been around 37 percent.